Welcome to the great OS review. Well, ‘great’ because this is a debate that’s as old as the earliest iterations of Androids and iPhones. Anyone who uses an iPhone will tell you to get one over an Android, and anyone who uses a decent Android ROM can list all the reasons why it’s the superior operating system. However, are things actually that black and white? Let’s get into the review.
It’s important to note that choosing iOS is usually not a mid-range price option. iPhones are flagship priced and upwards, so for this comparison we’re going to assume flagship-level performance for both operating systems.
iOS: The King Of Optimization
One of the first things that you’ll notice when you move from an Android to iOS is that there are so many little features you didn’t know you needed in your life. When it comes to the user experience optimization iOS wins and it’s not even close. It’s the little things like the OS telling you which messages came in while you were on Do Not Disturb mode, or the tiny feedback vibrations that seem to be sprinkled in literally every single app, the ability to scan a card with your camera to add a payment method, or even the fact that the control center is separated from your notifications.
iOS is designed to be a comfortable experience. Interactions are seamless and your phone always seems to know what it needs to do to make things easier for you. When it comes to user experience optimization (which phone is easier to use) then you’re going to pick the phone running iOS and it’s hardly a debate.
Androids Are More Customizable And It’s Not A Competition
On the other hand, with all it’s great features and optimizations, iOS seems to decide what the user wants and you don’t really get a say. Androids tend to provide more creative and in-depth customizations for users who are so inclined. If you’re running an Android there is hardly any customization point that out of your reach if you’re determined enough. If you’re using an Android, you get to decide what your phone is from the bottom up. You get to choose the simple things such as the sizes and appearance of icons and widgets on your home screen, what functions the buttons on your phone perform, whether or not to optimize your phone’s performance by removing visual transitions and animations, or even installing custom launchers and finding the unique flavor of operating system that suits your needs.
Basically with an Android, you get to build your phone’s software. You create a niche operating system that is exclusive to you and your device. That being said maybe the thing that iOS right is taking away choices that users shouldn’t have to make, but then an argument can also be made for users who want that control.
Androids Are Miles Ahead In Terms Of Free Content
When it comes to getting content for your phone, you’re going to have a way easier time using an Android. Getting icon packs, wallpapers and more on iOS usually means dropping some cash. However, Android is open source and that means all that content usually ends up being shoved down your throat instead of you having to seek it out. For any given app, there are literally dozens of functional clones waiting to take it’s place.
It’s ridiculous that if you wanted to change your ringtone or message tones on an iOS phone without paying you would at the minimum need to read an article or watch a YouTube video whereas with Androids you start playing a song and the OS can’t wait to turn it into your new ringtone. If you’re looking for an OS with obscene amounts of free content and apps then you’re leaning more towards iOS.